The Power of Prayer: 7 Testimonies from the Heroes of Faith
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Prayer can be defined as communicating with God. As simple as its sounds, prayer is much deeper than that. It’s expressing our need for God in our lives.
The power of prayer allows us to communicate directly with the One who created us. It allows us to worship God and surrender our lives to Him.
Throughout the Bible, many heroes of faith attested to the power of prayer. Miracles, big or small, are pieces of evidence that God is consistently at work. He loves us so much and is concerned with the minutest and most significant battles His children face.
What is the Power of Prayer?
God is the power of prayer. He hears our prayers and answers them. All the power comes from Him. Nothing is impossible for Him.
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37 KJV
Talking about the power of prayer is one thing but actually seeing the results of that power will encourage us to actually use it.
The books of the Bible show us real accounts of the power of prayer. We get to see the beginning of the prayer as the result of God’s “Will” for those prayers.
God answers prayers. It’s not always answered the way we want it but it’s always answered in the way that’s best for us.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV
Power of Prayer Testimonies from the Heroes of Faith
As I mentioned above, we can be encouraged by the Power of Prayer through testimonies. Here are seven power of prayer testimonies from the heroes of faith in the Bible.
Moses “The Meekest Man on Earth“
Moses was instrumental in leading the Israelites back to true worship.
After centuries of slavery, the Israelites have forgotten the religion of their forefathers. Unfortunately, they became so immersed in Egyptian idolatry. As a result, it dimmed their knowledge of God, His goodness, and His will.
While Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving instructions from God, his people were building a golden calf to worship. Consequently, such a rebellion triggered the wrath of God.
However, Moses interceded on behalf of the Israelites. In his prayer, he reiterated God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Israel.
As a result, “the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do” (Exodus 32:14, NKJV). Indeed, the power of prayer of a righteous man avails much.
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 NKJV
God hears us when we intercede in prayer for our family, friends, and even strangers who do not know Him yet. He answers it not because of our worthiness but because of His abundant love and grace.
Job “The Blameless Man from Uz“
Job was a blameless man from Uz.
Every day, he would rise early and offer burnt offerings for his children. With this, he was hoping God would forgive them if they sinned (Job 1:5).
Job was a righteous man. Job 1:22 (NKJV) mentions that he “did not sin nor charge God with wrong”.
Meanwhile, his human character is tested while he was under unfavorable circumstances. However, even if Job lost everything – family, health, and wealth – he remained faithful to God.
The trials Job faced never compelled him to sin. Instead, he lifted His voice to God in total surrender. Here, we can witness his intimacy with Him as his greatest Friend.
More so, he questioned God, reasoning and agonizing with Him. However, he never blamed Him. Instead, he was humble enough to accept his fate even if things seemed impossible for him to bear. He knew that He was only testing his faith.
Eventually, God answered Job’s prayer. By the power of prayer, God restored his health and riches.
Hannah “The Barren Wife”
Hannah was Elkanah’s barren wife. Though her husband loved her, she still desired to have children.
One day, Priest Eli found Hannah crying bitterly, asking God to give her a son. As a fact, she was making a vow that she would dedicate her son in return.
Soon, the Lord granted Hannah’s prayer. Giving birth to a boy, she named him Samuel. With this name, she expressed, “I have asked for him from the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:20, NKJV).
Hannah’s story reminds us that when we pray, we should surrender everything. God is faithful. By utilizing the power of prayer faithfully, we can unlock treasures in life.
David “The Man After God’s Own Heart”
Yes, David was a man after God’s own heart. But of course, he also had his flaws. Yet, he repented.
The book of Psalms is a compilation of his prayers with other authors. Here, we can relate to his roller-coaster journey.
At one point, we thank God for His deliverance. Reading another passage, we feel like asking for forgiveness.
Before he died, David prayed in the presence of all his assembly. This prayer comprised praise, thanksgiving, offering, and supplication (2 Chronicles 29:10-19).
Included here was a prayer for Solomon, his successor. Specifically, he asked God to grant his son a whole heart that keeps God’s commandments and testimonies. We certainly see how the power of prayer works in the life of Solomon.
Elijah “The Praying Prophet”
Elijah was the prophet of God known for being prayerful.
James 5:17 (NKJV) says, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours.” Specifically, he prayed “that it would not rain.” Eventually, “it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.”
During his epic battle on Mt. Carmel with Baal’s prophets, he uttered a simple prayer. He asked that the people “may know that You are the Lord God.” More importantly, he wanted them to realize that “You have turned their hearts back to You again” (1 Kings 18:37, NKJV).
Suddenly, fire came down from heaven. Then, rain began to pour after three years of drought (James 5:18).
In this modern time, when miracles seem impossible, we consider this event unusual. But then again, is there anything too hard for God?
If Elijah’s prayers can stop and send rain, what’s keeping us from asking God for more of His blessings? We see here that the power of prayer can be used in all situations.
Daniel “The Lion’s Den Survivor”
As we discuss the power of prayer, who could forget Daniel’s encounter with the lions?
Daniel and his friends were faithful to God. Amid the Babylonian persecution, they remained firm in their faith and spiritual conviction.
During his reign, King Darius appointed 120 satraps and three presidents over them. Among them, Daniel was one. He was so excellent that the other leaders became jealous.
To get rid of Daniel, they had the king sign a decree. Specifically, it ordered that the people should pray alone to the king for thirty days.
This was to challenge Daniel with his daily habit of praying three times. Eventually, realizing he was tricked, the king cast him into the lion’s den with a heavy heart.
Surprisingly, the king found Daniel alive the next day. The lions didn’t even harm him. Daniel truly trusted in God (Daniel 6:23 ESV). God works as we pray.
Jesus “The Prince of Peace”
Last but not least is Jesus, of course.
He was the epitome of a prayerful man. Specifically, He prayed for His friends and enemies. Even now, He is now interceding for us in heaven as our great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14). Our greatest example in life using the power of prayer.
Jesus also demonstrated the power of faith. In one of His parables, Jesus compared faith to a mustard seed. Though small, it eventually grows into something that can move mountains.
Still, Jesus exemplified God’s power through miracles. For instance, He fed five thousand men with only five loaves of bread and two fish. He also raised the dead, healed the sick, and cast out demons.
Jesus did not just prove His faith. Instead, He used His life as an object lesson to draw men to the One who answers prayers.
Now, let me ask you. Are you in need of anything? Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you” (Luke 11:9, NKJV).
Also, are you longing for peace? He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are [heavily] laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NKJV).
Power of Prayer Verses
Here are some power of prayer scriptures that show the power of prayer. In Matthew 7:7, it says we are to “ask” and it will be given to us. These power of prayer verses are from the NKJV.
Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
Matthew 7:7 – Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Luke 11:9 – So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
John 14:13-14 – And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
John 15:7 – If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James 5:16 – Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
1 John 3:22 – And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
Power of Prayer Quotes
These power of prayer quotes are great reminders of the power of prayer.
“The Lord longs to hear all of our concerns any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie Ten Boom
“Prayer turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.” – Samuel Chadwick
“God’s purposes and plans will not fail. Before you spend all your prayer time telling him about yours, ask about his.” – Louie Giglio
“As you read or listen to God’s word and spend time talking to him in prayer, your spirit will eventually become stronger than your flesh.” – Joyce Meyer
“The greatest answer to prayer is that I am brought into a perfect understanding with God, and that alters my view of actual things.” – Oswald Chambers
“Prayer is the way you defeat the devil, reach the lost, restore a backslider, strengthen the saints, send missionaries out, cure the sick, accomplish the impossible, and know the will of God.” – David Jeremiah
“The power of prayer can never be overrated. Those who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal.” – Charles Spurgeon
“The greatest use of your words is prayer. Talk to God about everything, all the time. Maintain a running conversation.” – Rick Warren
“There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.” – Beth Moore
“In the morning, prayer is the key that opens to us the treasures of God’s mercies and blessings; in the evening, it is the key that shuts us up under his protection and safeguard.” – Billy Graham
Are You Experiencing the Power of Prayer?
Prayer in my life has been very powerful. Seeing God show up has increased my faith and helps me push through the next trial. I’d love to hear about the power of prayer in your life. Let me know in the comments below.
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